Freedom of Information Act

Your rights and the law

The Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) gives the right to request information held by public authorities, companies wholly owned by public authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and non-devolved public bodies in Scotland.

Make a FoIA Request

What is the purpose of the FoIA?

The Freedom of Information Act is intended to give the public greater access to information about the workings of public authorities. This will mean increased transparency and accountability, which will raise the quality of public administration.

What does the FoIA do?

The FoIA gives the public a general right of access to all types of ‘recorded’ information held by public authorities from 1 January 2005, subject to certain exemptions. Public authorities also have to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme.

What is the Publication Scheme?

The FoIA places a duty on public authorities to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme. The Publication Scheme must set out the types of information we intend to publish on an ongoing basis, the form in which the information is published and details of any charges.

Publication Scheme

Our commitment to the types of information we intend to publish on an ongoing basis

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How to Obtain Information

Fees, contact details & timescales

Any FoIA requests should be sent to:

Nils Elgar
Clerk to the Corporation
Wakefield College
Margaret Street
Wakefield
West Yorkshire WF1 2DH

When requesting information please include the following details:

  • Your name and address
  • The information or documents you would like to access
  • The way you would like the information to be sent to you (e.g. paper copy, via email)
  • Depending on the nature of your request a fee may be payable

Organisations are able to decline a request on the basis that the cost for locating, retrieving and extracting the information would be in excess of £450 (at a rate of £25 per hour).

If your request exceeds this limit, you will be invited to reformulate your request, with our assistance, to enable the College to obtain the information you require. If your request still exceeds the limit, you will be notified accordingly.

Written Requests
Information held by a public authority that is not published under this scheme can be requested in writing, when its provision will be considered in accordance with the provisions of the FoIA.

Fees
A charge, inclusive of First Class Postage, will be made for documents provided in paper format and this will be reviewed on an annual basis. This fee may be waived at our discretion.

An example of charges is shown below for information:

Band A (up to 10 A4 sheets) Band B (11 - 50 A4 sheets) Band C (over 50 A4 sheets)
£1.00 £5.00 £10.00

Wakefield College is committed to ensuring that people with a disability, including those with learning difficulties, are treated fairly.

All reasonable adjustments will be made to information provided to ensure that disabled people are not substantially disadvantaged.

How Long Will it Take?
We aim to provide information within 20 working days.

Complaints Procedure

What happens if I’m not satisfied with the service I receive?

The policy of Wakefield College is to be as open as possible and to supply the information you have requested, but we have to withhold certain information.

The FoIA sets out a series of exemptions to protect confidential or other information where disclosure may prejudice the interests of the College or of third parties. Decisions about refusal of access to information, the way in which access is given or the level of fees or charges, are also subject to review. The two review processes are set out opposite.

Internal Review
If you are dissatisfied with the response from Wakefield College you may seek an internal review of that decision. That review will be undertaken by a senior Wakefield College manager who has not previously been involved with your request.

Review by the Information Commissioner
If you are dissatisfied with the outcome, or the handling of the internal review you may seek an independent review from the Information Commissioner.

Requests for an internal review or a review by the Information Commissioner should be submitted in writing to:

The Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire SK9 5AF

Telephone: 01625 545700
eMail: data@dataprotection.gov.uk
Website: www.ico.org.uk